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First the Toothbrush, Then Penicillin - Discovery, Use and Types

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  Who Discovered Penicillin And When Was It Discovered? Perhaps nothing as important had been discovered that so impacted the life expectancy of the population as a whole. Except the toothbrush—that is, dental hygiene. If you can’t eat, you can’t live!iii The story of an old mold In 1928, Dr. Alexander Fleming, the bacteriologist at a Scotland hospital, returned from vacation to find his lab unkempt while he was gone. In fact, he noted that a mold had contaminated his culture dishes. Upon using a microscope to inspect the mold, he found the staphylococci culture he had was not growing well amid this mold. He wrote a paper published in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology, which was duly noted then ignored until a professor of pathology at Oxford came across iti. But Who Invented Penicillin? This professor, Dr. Howard Florey, in 1938—ten years after the mold incident—decided to apply the Fleming article’s information to a p ...

Cholesterol and Multiple Sclerosis - The Surprising Relationship

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  Cholesterol is Good for You? To understand Multiple Sclerosis (MS) you first have to deal with some preliminary information about our grandly designed human body. “Design” is a controversial word, because it implies a designer. Yet, the coordinated processes that make the whole thing work can evoke admiration—often stunned admiration—for the unfathomable complexities, ingenuity, and infinite synchrony it uses, from every millisecond in every cell of our bodies all the way out to the better part of a century. What Is Cholesterol? Enter cholesterol, the villain of industrialized nations that is often unfairly judged by the company it keeps: obesity, hypertension, early death. Cholesterol, however, is itself very complicated, and as it turns out, very necessary for us. There is good cholesterol (HDL, or high density lipoprotein) and bad cholesterol (LDL, or low density lipoprotein). Their mix and proportions can determine your risk of cardiac and ...

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